Author

Andrew Niess

Date of Award

2021

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (AM)

Graduate Group

Music

First Advisor

Jairo Moreno

Second Advisor

Jim Sykes

Abstract

This thesis figures the normative relationship between ethics and method in North American humanities institutions as a problem of design. As one possible counter-design, it offers a breath-controlled instrument that connects the user’s breath to real-time air quality conditions. In the first part of this thesis, I identify designs that sustain anthropocentric normativity in the humanities and advocate a research practice that intentionally aligns problem, form, and relational outcomes. In the second part, I present a technical overview of the instrument, its computational methods, and its material and electronic components. For reference and repurposing, I also include supplementary files: a video demonstration of the instrument and a Max/MSP patch with supporting JavaScript files.

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max-pat_js.zip (89 kB)
three-breathing-places_Niess_1080p_2021.mp4 (189758 kB)

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